Strawberry, Spinach and Balsamic Salad
Now that fresh strawberries* are back in season and we have them for sale at our farm store, it's time to share a simple and decadent salad with you all. The colors are fantastic and it's certain to wow guests, despite how quick it is to put together. Can easily be scaled up for more.
Half-pint (approx. 10) strawberries
2-3 cups fresh spinach (a couple heaping handfuls)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1-2 teaspoon(s) brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2-5 cranks fresh ground black pepper (or to taste)
Rinse greens, rinse berries. Slice strawberries 1/4 inch and roughly chop spinach (or if using baby spinach, leave as is). Please spinach in a roomy bowl and then scatter strawberries on top (for appearances, go ahead and hold some of the initial strawberries until serving if you'd like to use as a garnish). In a separate bowl, pour in balsamic and brown sugar. Mix with a fork. Slowly drizzle olive oil into same bowl and whisk with a fork (or shake in a jar) until the dressing has thickened some and emulsified. Crank pepper to taste into the dressing and give a quick stir. Pour dressing over salad and lightly toss. Then crank some more black pepper on top for taste and appearance. There you have it!
Toss in some freshly crumbled goat cheese (we personally love Gothberg Farms' just down the road).
*This salad works wonderfully with our fresh blueberries, which arrive mid-July. We have you-pick and sell them in flats and pints at our farm store.